What to do in Alsace with children It’s not always easy to find the right ideas for family travel. Here are some activities to help you get the most out of your family visit to Alsace. We’ve selected our favorite activities in a variety of styles: outdoor walks, cultural visits, more sporting or gourmet, paid or free, they all have one thing in common: they’re all fun, even educational! All these ideas have of course been tested and approved by the Mon week-end en Alsace team.
Seeing animals in wildlife parks
Seeing animals is always a fun activity for kids… And often to parents! We have a number of wildlife parks in Alsace, including Montagne des Singes, Volerie des Aigles and Naturoparc, to name but a few. A chance for the whole family to see farm animals, birds of prey and storks, as well as more exotic animals.
Fun at the Colmar Toy Museum
What could be better for a child than a toy museum? Not much, especially as the Musée du Jouet de Colmar is particularly playful: in addition to exhibits of toys from different eras (a nostalgic moment for parents, I warn you…), the museum makes games available. It’s a great way to spend a family day out in Colmar!
Explore the Ecomusée d’Alsace
Ecomuseum of Alsace is located in Ungersheim, near Mulhouse. This open-air museum retraces the history and heritage of the region through various Alsatian houses from different eras. The ecomuseum is already interesting for adults (I love this place!), but it’s even more fun for children, with numerous workshops and family activities. It’s a must-do for the whole family in southern Alsace!
Take a boat trip
How about a family boat trip in Alsace? There are different possibilities, whether you’re looking for a more urban or more natural boat trip, and whether you’d rather let yourself be guided or pilot your own boat. Here are our favorite family boat trips:
Going green at Parc de Wesserling
Visit Parc de Wesserling is a must-see landscape garden in Alsace. It is located in the south of the region, in Husseren-Wesserling. In addition to its themed gardens, where children love to play and stroll, it offers a wide range of activities and entertainment for families, both in summer and at Christmas.
Ride the rosalie
Here’s a fun activity that’s great for the whole family: a ride on a rosalie, those funny velocipedes also known as cuistax in Belgium. In Alsace, you can hire a rosalie from Rosalies du Piémont for a walk along the Voie Verte Portes Bonheur, a lovely greenway nearObernai. A great idea for a fun walk with the kids!
Amusement park fun
Little Prince Park, Cigoland, Funny World… In and around Alsace, we’re lucky enough to have several theme parks suitable for children of different ages. Not forgetting, of course, the famous Europa Park, located in Germany right on the border with Alsace and sure to please kids, teens and adults alike!
Take a ride on a steam train
How about a ride on a steam train? It’s a popular activity with children, as it allows them to take a real trip! You can opt for the Thur-Doller tourist train in southern Alsace, or the nearby Abreschviller forest train in Lorraine. Two really fun experiences for young and old!
Visiting Strasbourg with your family
It would be a shame to visit Alsace without visiting Strasbourg. Fortunately, Strasbourg is a city that lends itself particularly well to family visits. Many places and activities are adapted for children, who will enjoy their stay as much as their parents! To guide you in your discovery of the city, we’ve written an article with ideas for family activities in Strasbourg.
A fun family outing
In Alsace, the Tourist Offices have joined forces with Randoland to offer fun walks for the whole family. The relevant Tourist Office will provide you with a booklet that includes routes along the trail. Let me explain: the whole family will follow the same route but, depending on the age of your children, the puzzles will be different.
There are 3 categories: 4-6 years, 7-9 years and over 10 years. It’s not always that easy to answer them, but that’s what makes us proud to have finished at the end! This last level can also be suitable for adults. After all, it’s kind of fun to learn more about the place you’re in by answering riddles, no matter how old you are, right?
It is necessary to count between 1h and 2h of stroll. The routes also allow you to discover Alsatian villages and towns with your family. I almost forgot the good news: it’s free and, as a bonus, you can even be rewarded with a small gift at the end of the tour by some Tourist Offices 🙂
Pedaling on a railroad track
Pedaling’s fun enough, but on a rail track, it’s even more fun, isn’t it? That’s what velorails are all about. It’s a safe and original activity that lets you work out (a little) and have fun (a lot) as a family. In Alsace, you can opt for the Vélorail Sud Alsace in the south of the region, or the Vélorail du Pays Secret in the north (in Alsace bossue).
Discover the castles of Alsace
If you and your children love castles, you’re in for a treat in Alsace! The region abounds in fortified castles. As an added bonus, the “Sur la piste des Trésors d’Alsace” app offers fun ways for families to discover some of Alsace’s castles.
Here are our 5 favorite castles to visit with children in Alsace:
- Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, undoubtedly Alsace’s must-see castle
- Hohlandsbourg Castle, a castle truly dedicated to children
- Fleckenstein Castle, also known as the castle of challenges. Quite a program, isn’t it?
- Château de Kintzheim, home to the famous Aviary of Eagles
- Château du Licktenberg, with its wooden games and family activities
And if you’d rather take a walk to admire the ruins of castles, we recommend these:
Awaken your senses on a barefoot trail
Have you ever been on a barefoot trail? These trails are specially designed for walking without shoes, allowing you to massage your feet and, above all, experience new sensations. Different types of flooring are generally provided, to awaken the senses. This unusual activity is a big hit with kids! The good news is that we have several barefoot trails in Alsace if you’d like to try them out.
Fill up on treats at the chocolate museums
Are there any gourmands around here? I bet you do, and don’t make the excuse that you have to visit with children – we all know that this kind of tour appeals to food lovers of all ages! In Alsace, you can visit two chocolate museums to combine learning and indulgence: Choco-Story in Colmar and the Musée Les Secrets du Chocolat in Strasbourg. And for those who like to get their hands dirty, the latter also organizes workshops, as does the Daniel Stoffel chocolate factory.
S’amuser dans une ancienne mine d’argent
Nous avons en Alsace d’anciennes mines d’argent. Certaines peuvent encore être visitées et l’une d’elles a même été transformée en un véritable parc souterrain proposant de nombreuses animations différentes. Le parc Tellure propose des visites classiques mais aussi des visites spéléo (avec des parcours adaptés aux enfants), un escape game souterrain (avec là encore différentes versions dédiées aux enfants à partir de 5 ans) mais aussi une via ferrata souterraine accessibles aux enfants à partir de 12 ans.
Family outings on foot
How about a walk along our Alsatian trails? There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to family hikes, but here are five ideas for walks with children in Alsace:
The adventures of Rose and Louis” treasure hunt
In the Massif des Vosges, there are several short family-friendly hikes: they take the form of treasure hun ts in different parts of the massif! Using booklets, parents and children follow Louis and Rose on their adventures and learn all about their surroundings: nature, traditions, architecture… They’re really well done and, best of all, they’re free! You can download all the booklets here.
Swimming in lakes and gravel pits
Bathing in Alsace? Yes, it’s possible, and not just in swimming pools! We don’t have the sea, but we do have a number of pleasant lakes and gravel pits where you can cool off and, for the kids, have fun in the water. A really good idea for a family summer activity, especially as the summer season is often particularly hot and stifling… Relaxing by the water is good for everyone! I particularly recommend these swimming spots in Strasbourgand Lac de Kruth in the south of the region.
Dive into the wonderful world of gingerbread
Gingerbread is an Alsatian specialty, and we even have the gingerbread capital of Alsace, Gertwiller. Just that! Here you’ll find two gingerbread museums from two companies still producing Alsatian gingerbread today: Lips and Fortwenger. For a family visit, I’d recommend Fortwenger’s Gingerbread Palace: the brand has created a colorful, playful space that children love!
Visit the Christmas Markets with your family
You can’t talk about Alsace without mentioning its Christmas markets, can you? The good news is that it’s perfectly possible to visit Christmas markets with the whole family, as long as you choose the most suitable markets and activities. To guide you, we’ve written an article dedicated to visiting Alsace’s Christmas markets with your family, where you’ll find lots of ideas and tips for making the most of this magical time of year.